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Georgia students find dicey voter ID laws

by Admin 15. August 2012 11:05

Voting rights for college students have come under scrutiny as some jurisdictions allow them to use their college identification cards to cast ballots, according to a published report.

But other college identifications will not pass muster when it comes to exercising one's democratic rights, The New American Media reports.

Students at Morehouse College in Atlanta may use their identification cards for the purposes of purchasing food and school supplies while also gaining entry to laboratories for computer use and borrowing library books.

But they cannot use those identification cards to cast ballots.

By contrast, students at Georgia State University may use their ID essentially for the same purposes. However, those cards enable them to vote.

The Peach State saw the debate begin with the enactment of the voter ID law, which approves the use of state college-issued student identification cards for voting purposes. But private schools' identification cards do not suffice for people want to partake in the democratic process.

"They're another one of these suppression laws that affects disabled, older and younger voters on equal levels, but the older population is in the habit of voting," spokeswoman Sarah Stern with national advocacy group the League of Young Voters told the news source.

Since 2008, state representative Alisha Thomas Morgan, a Democrat, has presented three bills that aim to make the identification cards issued from all accredited colleges valid for voting purposes.

But the three bills she has introduced have all fallen short.

"There was a lot of frustration from students attending private schools," Morehouse College alumni Aubrey Patterson told the news source, noting she worked at the polls.

The voter registration deadline for the U.S. election scheduled for Tuesday, November 6 is October 9, according to the website of the office of Brian P. Kemp, Georgia's Secretary of State.

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